Sapphire is the second hardest crystal after diamond. This can be very useful in a number of applications. We have recently worked with MarineSense in Scotland in their production of a deep sea leak detection system called OceanSENSE.
OceanSENSE was developed to provide offshore companies with the ability to find even the smallest leaks in pipelines and hydraulic lines quickly and efficiently. This system is rated to a water-depth of 3000m, however at the request of a client, a new adaption was created to withstand water-depths up to 6000m. SP3 Plus provided sapphire windows to support this project. The strength of these windows was ideally suited to this demanding application.